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Different Types of Piano Accordions

Learn about the different types of piano accordions from musician / Broadway actress Katrina Yaukey in this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about different types of piano accordions. As you can see, accordions come in all different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, the right hand, or the piano side, has usually 25 to 45 keys, and the left hand usually has been 48 bass notes and 120 bass notes. Sometimes there are those that are larger, but those are very heavy instruments.

The amount of bass notes in the left hand also determines usually how heavy the instrument is. So if you can see, on this little main squeeze, this one has 48 notes in the bass. Very light, really easy to play, but when it comes to actually playing bass notes you have to jump around quite a bit to get what you need.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is this 120 bass, and this one has everything pushed together so closely that you can play very quickly exactly what you need.

And this is a 72 bass Honer. I would say that that is a really good starting point if you're a first time accordion buyer and you're looking for a good place to start, the 72 bass is definitely the right place to start.

Also something to be aware of over here are these buttons. These are the reeds. They change the sound of the instrument. They can also determine the weight of the instrument depending on how many of those you have.

So let's just listen a little bit to the difference in the reeds. Here's the bassoon, bandonian, master setting, violin setting, and on this accordion, finally, the clarinet setting. And all of these sounds can determine how heavy the instrument actually is, depending on how many reeds are over here, and they can also add a great deal of color to your sound when you're playing.

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